Rutgers–Camden has a well-earned reputation for connecting in positive ways to communities beyond our campus. In that spirit, I ask you to consider participating in the 2013-14 New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign, which is an opportunity to provide support to more than 1,000 human service, health, and education agencies that deliver much-needed assistance to our neighbors here in Camden and in the communities where we live.
As befits a leading regional institution, Rutgers–Camden seeks to take a leadership role in this event. Last year we exceeded our campus goal of $15,000, so this year we are setting a higher goal of $17,500. I firmly believe that we can achieve this outcome.
Clearly, you should give what you can afford. If each staff and faculty member gives at least $78 through payroll deduction, spread out over the course of one year, we will achieve and exceed our goal. If you wish to direct your donation to a specific charity, the minimum amount is $52. The deadline for participating is Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
The process is simple. Visit the Rutgers website for the Charitable Campaign at http://ur.rutgers.edu/about/nj-state-employees-charitable-campaign, where you will find access to the listing of organizations, a pledge form, and instructions on activating payroll deduction. In order to designate your gift to the charity of your choice, you must be certain to deliver your completed pledge form to Michele Robinson in the chancellor’s office by the end of Dec. 6. Michele also will accept donations made in the form of cash or checks. For all donations, please complete and return a pledge form to Michele and retain a copy for your tax records.
Please contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 6576 if you would like more details. Forms should be returned to her in the chancellor’s office (303 Cooper Street) on our campus.
I encourage you to commit your support to an entity that serves the community of your choice. If you wish to support organizations connected to Camden and the surrounding area, many of them are listed on page 32 of the Charitable Campaign’s code book available on the website. A number of those organizations are engaged in partnerships with Rutgers–Camden, creating learning opportunities for our students and research opportunities for our faculty. If you would like information on those organizations engaged in such partnerships, please contact Andrew Seligsohn, associate chancellor for civic engagement and strategic planning, at email@example.com or extension 6754.
In recognition of your support, five contributors will be randomly selected and invited to be my personal guests for an off-campus lunch during the spring semester.
Thank you for joining me in this important campaign. I ask managers to provide this information to employees who may not have regular computer access.
Wendell E. Pritchett, J.D., Ph.D.